Things to Know Before Visiting Minneapolis — Weather, Advisories

  • During the coronavirus pandemic, there are always changing requirements and restrictions. 
  • Make sure to book a reservation ahead of time in case of restricted capacity. 
  • Try to avoid the extreme weather in Minneapolis and visit during the fall. 

COVID-19 Protocol

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated delay travel if possible. Fully vaccinated visitors are advised to follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

If you are traveling internationally, the CDC is now requiring proof of negative COVID-19 tests for all passengers arriving into the United States. 

According to Explore Minnesota, face masks are not currently mandatory everywhere in the city — but some businesses, schools, theaters, and city-owned buildings may have requirements in place. Masks are also required on all public transportation, so make sure to keep one handy when traveling.

Though capacity restrictions have been lifted, you may need a reservation for a restaurant or event. Call your destination ahead of time to confirm and book a slot. 


Minneapolis’ weather is known for its extremes, with hot, humid summer days that can range from 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and cold, snowy winters that call for warm hats, mittens, and footwear.

If you travel during the colder season, make sure to pack appropriate clothes and prepare to stay indoors. 

Spring and fall temperatures are typically between 30 and 70 degrees, which is ideal for hiking, walking, and enjoying the lakes. 

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